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PAULO FONSECA is confident of being named Tottenham manager this week, according to reports.

The Portuguese is said to be Spurs' SEVENTH target after approaches to Julian Nagelsmann, Hansi Flick, Brendan Rodgers, Erik ten Hag, Antonio Conte and Mauricio Pochettino all came to nothing.

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3Ex-Roma boss Paulo Fonseca is confident of being named Tottenham managerCredit: Getty 3Daniel Levy is said to have approached SIX other managers before the PortugueseCredit: Kevin Quigley-The Daily Mail

Incoming director of football Fabio Paratici is a massive fan of Fonseca, who has previously managed Porto, Braga and Shaktar Donetsk, and wants to bring him in as his first appointment.

And Fonseca, 48, feels sure he will be named the North Londoners' new manager this week, according to the Telegraph.

Talks were underway Tuesday night with a view to appointing Fonseca on an initial three-year deal.

Spurs have turned to the former Roma boss after talks with Conte collapsed last week.

As SunSport revealed, Tottenham were not willing to agree to Conte's demands, which included hiring his full staff and guarantees over transfer budget.

Daniel Levy had previously tried to lure former boss Pochettino back to North London, but he decided to stay with Paris Saint-Germain.

Leicester boss Rodgers was also contacted along with Nagelsmann who took the Bayern Munich job instead, according to the Mail.

And Spurs are also said to have spoken to Flick but he is set to take over from Joachim Low as Germany boss after the Euros.


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Fonseca reportedly has offers from Fiorentina and Sassuolo in Serie A.

And he was said to be heading to Ukraine this week - where his wife Katerina is from - but postponed the trip to continue talks with Spurs.

West Ham and Everton both interviewed Fonseca in 2018 but opted for managers with previous Prem experience.

Levy - who was heavily involved in plans for a breakaway European Super League - ironically said he is looking for 'someone whose values reflect those of our great club'.

The Spurs chief said he wants a 'return to playing football with the style for which we are known - free-flowing, attacking and entertaining - whilst continuing to embrace our desire to see young players flourish from our academy alongside experienced talent'.

Fonseca failed to get Roma back to the Champions League in two seasons in the Eternal City.

He finished seventh in 2019-20 and only managed a fifth-placed finish last season.

He was sacked to make way for SunSport columnist Mourinho after the Special One was axed at Tottenham days before the League Cup final.

Fonseca also drew huge criticism for his struggles in big games while in charge of Roma - winning just four of 24 games against Serie A's top sides during his reign.

He had previously won three successive Ukrainian Doubles with Shaktar between 2016 and 2019, as well as leading Braga to the Portuguese Cup for the first time in their history.

Fonseca famously wore a Zorro costume after his Shakhtar side beat Manchester City to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League in 2017.

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A wildlife manager was looking for nesting sea turtles. She found $1.2 million worth of cocaine instead.

A wildlife official on the lookout for sea turtle nests accidentally stumbled upon about $1.2 million worth of cocaine instead. It washed up on the beach at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. 

Defenders from the 45th Security Forces Squadron seized the nearly 30 kilograms of cocaine after it was found on May 19, according to a recent press release. 

Angy Chambers, 45th Civil Engineer Squadron wildlife manager, was performing a sea turtle nesting survey when she spotted a small package wrapped in plastic and tape — and then she kept finding more of them. 

According to the Brevard County Sheriff's Office, the drugs had an estimated value of approximately $1.2 million. Space Launch Delta 45

"I immediately contacted the 45th Security Forces Squadron," said Chambers. "While I was waiting for them to arrive, I drove a little further and noticed another package, and then another. At that point, I called SFS back and suggested they bring their UTV, or Utility Terrain Vehicle, as I counted at least 18 packages."

Officials suspected the packages contained drugs, and began search and closure protocols on all beaches. 

"After securing the scene and collecting the contraband, a Brevard County Sheriff's Office narcotics agent performed a field test on one of the packages and verified that it was cocaine," said Parker. "We then documented all 24 packages and placed them in evidence bags."

Officials turned the drugs over to Special Agent David Castro and Homeland Security Investigations. The investigation is ongoing. 

Defenders from the 45th Security Forces Squadron seized nearly 30 kilograms of cocaine that washed ashore on a Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, beach, May 19, 2021. Space Launch Delta 45

Intelligence collected, including unique markings on the packages, photographs and the weight of the drugs, was shared with the El Paso Intelligence Center, a repository for information on abandoned drugs in the U.S. 

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Officials haven't pinpointed the exact origin of the drugs, but Castro said "oftentimes maritime drug traffickers will transport bulk shipments of controlled substances in bales consisting of 25 'bricks,' or kilograms of drugs."

"Sometimes the bale wrapping is destroyed during transit, causing bricks to be lost at sea and eventually recovered on the coastline of the United States," Castro said. 

Joseph Parker, 45th SFS flight sergeant and on-scene commander at the incident, said he was thankful Chambers found the drugs before they ended up on the streets. 

"We take pride in protecting our base and the surrounding community," said Parker. "There is also a higher level of job satisfaction knowing that these drugs will not make it into our community."

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